Poker is played by people all over the world, be it online or in casinos. Poker as a skill game is growing extensively even to the farthest reaches of the globe. Some of these places are becoming upcoming poker destinations because of their aesthetic beauty and appeal. Poker Pros are among the people who travel the most in the world. Monte Carlo, Las Vegas and Macau are some common poker destinations that are usually visited by many poker players as vacation spots. But its time to explore unfamiliar poker hot-spots from different continents of the world.
In our series of ‘Poker Things to do in 2015’, we present the top poker destinations of 2015.
Atlantic City, USA
Atlantic City, the crown of New Jersey, is more often called ‘Vegas’s cousin in the East’. The city is surfacing as the top poker destination as number of regional, national and international poker tournaments are taking place on the strip each and every day here. Because of traditional and high-quality poker atmosphere, it is a dream poker destination for up-and-coming poker players looking for a variety of games and limits. Borgata is the largest casino in Atlantic City running a spacious 85-table card room compassing a variety of games nearly incomparable in the country. The World Poker Tour makes two visits at the Borgata annually. This small town charm with an international big city identity has been timely honored for magnificent boardwalk by the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, and seasoning of 24/7 casino culture.
Barcelona, Spain, Europe
Remember the venue of 10th season of the European Poker Tour (EPT)- Casino de Barcelona. Barcelona, one of the premier locations of Europe, is emerging as a classic site for the World Series of Poker tournament. With its own state-run casino, Barcelona is known for its sandy beaches, an exquisite gothic quarter, Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece the Sagrada Familia and a rocking nightlife. The largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is most preferred location among poker players as the city bestows superb culture, majestic architecture with wildest cash-game action at distinctly built casinos. The EPT visits here every year in September for the Barcelona Open and there is a huge waiting list for No-Limit Texas Hold’em.
Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
This ‘difficult to pronounce’ South African city is one of the richest poker destinations of the world. Thought the city is very small, but Vanderbijlpark is the largest poker destination in Africa and well-known for world-famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Since 2010, the Emerald Casino and Resort, Vanderbijlpark has been hosting World Series of Poker, Africa. The popularity of poker rose in South Africa when Raymond Rahme finished 3rd in the 2007 WSOP Main Event. He was the first African to reach the final table of WSOP Main Event. Home to a wide diversity of wildlife and scenery, Vanderbijlpark has been the best off-season destination for poker players to play a few hands and seek grand luxury.
The Bahamas – a divine abode with sand, sun, clear water and tropical year-round weather! This heavenly place on earth has everything with jazzed up poker action going on across the year. Even Pokerstars host their premier yearly tournament PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) at Atlantis Paradise Island, The Bahamas. In 2014, Dimitar Danchev won the Main Event of the 10th PokerStars Carribbean Adventure, while while Vanessa Selbst and Scott Siever won the High Roller events. This great exotic location do have potential to host poker tournaments, and is the most favored a favored recreation spot by poker professionals.
Puerto Princesa, Philippines, Asia
Few years back, the first poker tournament in Philippines was held in a small card-room. Then, Filipinos didn’t knew much about poker. Thanks to televised games and passionate poker pros that the game flared up and gained a momentum. Though poker is still a growing sport in the Philippines, the Metro Card Club (Ortigas) and Resorts World Manila are already established as luxurious gambling locations. Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan, is rising high and joining the list as a poker destination. Known for the longest navigable underground river and the most beautiful subterranean river in the world, it is being seen as the most dynamic poker destinations in the country.